Excluding international flights
- Spectacular boat safaris on the Danube Delta
- Great chance to see European Brown Bear
- Focus on nocturnal mammals with regular night drives
- Perfect timing for the Red Deer rut.
- Maximum of 6 clients on the tour.
Danube Delta, Brown Bears and Wild Cats
Romania is a fantastic wildlife watching destination in Europe where our partners has more than 20 years of experience. Based on our best knowledge we designed an autumn wildlife watching tour with special focus on mammals and birds. Autumn is migration time for birds and bats so we going to see a good selection of these species but this tour were created to see a good selection of mammal species as well. Some of the mammals are possible in daytime like European Souslik, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Carpathian Chamois, Red Fox, Brown Bear, bats in the day roost but no doubt the best time to find mammals is in the dark, at night.
Best time to visit -SEP
Safari Style -Small Group
ARRIVE IN BUCHAREST
On arrival at Bucharest airport you will be met and driven 3 hours driving to the Black Sea lagoons where we will spend 2 nights in a charming rural hotel. Today activities will depend on our arrival time into the capital. We will have dinner at 19:00 in the hotel than and after dinner we will drive a couple of hours in the dark to look for mammals like Golden Jackal, Badger, Brown Hare, Hedgehog and Steppe Mouse.
Accommodation: Pensiunea Grindul Lupilor
EXPLORING STEPPE HABITAT
Breakfast at 8.00 o`clock than after breakfast we going to explore some steppe habitats for Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Levant Sparrowhawk and European Souslik. Close to this area there is a natural cave where bats are gathering. Schreiber`s Bent-winged Bat and Greater Horseshoe Bat plus any exciting rarities are possible in this cave. We will drive back to the accommodation for lunch. In the late afternoon and evening we will go spotlighting for rare mammal species.
ARRIVE IN THE DANUBE DELTA
After breakfast we leaving the Black sea lagoons behind and drive a bit north to reach Tulcea the gateway of the Danube Delta. We going to explore this fantastic area with a comfortable wildlife watching boat designed for 12 guests including guides plus boat driver. We will drive to our Hotel direction but stopping in every interesting place for birds and other wildlife. We will surely came across with groups of White and Dalmatian Pelicans and White-tailed Eagle. Lunch will be in the Hotel restaurant. After lunch we will walk around the Hotel fallowed by an early dinner and back to the boat for an evening drive. We would like to find Wild Cat, Racoon Dog, Stoat, Golden Jackals or even the rare European Mink
Accommodation : Pensiunea lui Ivan, Chilia Veche
FULL DAY PRIVATE BOAT SAFARI ON THE DELTA
We going to have a full day in the Danube Delta visiting lakes and wooded channels for birds and other Delta wildlife in the morning. Lunch in the Hotel than we going to walk again around the accommodation. We will serve the dinner from 19.00 PM in the Hotel, than out again for a few hours in the dark. Finding mammals is much efficient in the dark than in the daytime.
MOVE FROM THE DELTA TO TRANSYLVANIA
After breakfast we going to leave our Delta accommodation and drive back to Tulcea with our boat. In Tulcea we will jump back to the bus and starts our journey to Transylvania but going to spend one night up in the Vrancea Mountains. If our time allows in the late afternoon we will visit Balta Alba salt lake after we crossed the Danube by a ferry. This place is famous wetland site and excellent birdwatching site in Autumn as well as some great steppe habitat with the possibility of some scarce mammals such as Steppe Polecat.. We also have a night-drive in the Carpathians.
WE DRIVE TO BEAR LODGE IN TRANSYVANIA
After breakfast we leave Lepsa area and drive deeper into Transylvania. We will stop briefly in the highest part of this road pass to find some higher elevation bird species like Crested Tit, Crossbill or even Pygmy Owl. We will slowly (with several stops) reach our next base in Sub Cetate – Harghita Mountains. The evening dinner will be in the Bear Lodge before heading out for our first night-drive in the area.
Accommodation : Hargita Bear Lodge
WE FOCUS ON BEAR VIEWING
After breakfast we will dedicate our time to the Hargita Mountains. We will drive to the higher parts of the mountain and after lunch we will explore a few small cave looking for Lesser Horseshoe Bats. In the late afternoon we will go to our dedicated bear watching hides. We will position ourselves in the hide for the last hours of the day when we have the biggest chance for the bears to come. Normally we spend 2-3 hours in the hide. In September at dusk we might see other mammals too such as Edible Dormouse, Yellow-necked Wood Mouse or even Pine Marten. The bear session will run into the dark so after dinner no night excursion today.
RED DEER RUTTING SEASON.
Today at dawn we will experience the Red Deer rutting season which is at its peak in September. After breakfast we will visit the Bicaz Gorge National Park for Wallcreeper and Carpathian Chamois. We will be back to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we can visit a place where Brandt`s Bats sometimes spending the day and Red Squirrels come for walnut than we can drive higher to explore some coniferous woodland for more species. Evening dinner in the Lodge and we will have a night-drive until 23.30
LOOKING FOR EUROPEAN BEAVER AND OTHER MAMMALS
On our last full day we will visit the Szentpál Fishponds and various other forests areas near Sighisoara. A short-visit also possible to the birth place of Vlad Dracul. We will search for any of our remaining targets today. We also plan to look for Eurasian Beaver at dusk which will be followed by our farewell dinner.
TRANSFER BACK TO BUCHAREST
After breakfast we will drive back to Bucharest Airport where you will finish your Romania wildlife holiday with Wildlife Trails.
Pricing Info & Dates
- All your meals at the hotel from the evening of Day 1
- All transfers and accommodation as described
- 9 full days of vehicle and boats safaris
- Expert local English speaking guide
- Cost of international flights
- Cost of visas if applicable
- Gratuaties for hotel staff
- Gratuaties for drivers and boatman
- Main tip for your wildlife guide